There is something about knitting lace that I find incredibly soothing.
Now that I actually understand the harmony of stitches hidden between the YOs and K2togs, SSK and PSSOs, the rhythm of lace is relaxing, enchanting even. That period of formal study of lace has really paid off.
You hold the needles differently when knitting lace, the strand of yarn slips between your fingers, held gently, not gripped. One’s tension is relaxed, and as a result, the mind relaxes too. I find my breathing slows down, the furrows between the eyebrows ease, the tension from my shoulders disappears. This is an extremely agreeable discovery that has added much to my enjoyment of knitting lace.
I have found to my surprise, that I can now read lace charts. I no longer approach a lace pattern with trepidation and anxiety, but rather a strange excitement fills my heart as I realise that I can knit this!!
My eyes linger over lace patterns as I dissect the stitches and figure out their construction. I want to knit all the lace things now!!!
This is the Lamplight shawl, a pattern from Shetland Wool Brokers, specifying their beautiful 2 ply laceweight wool. I, however, decided it was meant to be in alpaca silk.
I’m nearly done – there is still a whole half of the knitted-on edging to be done yet, but I have other projects that are sadly keeping me away from finishing this shawl for a few more days. It’s a basic pattern – it’s what I needed to finally wash away the fear of knitting lace, and replace it was a new confidence that I am madly hoping will stay! I have even watched TV and carried on a conversation while knitting this!!
The drape of the yarn is excellent, the beautiful qualities of alpaca enhanced by a touch of silk. It’s a new yarn from Flagstaff Alpacas – 20% silk, 80% alpaca. A fingering weight, 720m/787yds per 200g hank. Because my shawl is so large, I got two hanks, and will be left with enough meterage for something else as well. Want some in colour? Have a look at Doe Arnot’s felt shop!
Learning a new skill is always good for the soul. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you’ll have read of my struggles with lace knitting. However, I think it’s finally over now. And a whole new world of pretty new patterns has just opened up to me!!
And last, but not least, thank you all for your very kind words of greeting to my last post. It’s good to be able to ‘talk’ to you again!